Being stuck at home doesn’t have to be boring. Help your loved one pass the time inside and lift their spirits with books, puzzles, games, and other activities from local retailers.
Art smart: From Andy Warhol to Pablo Picasso, this illustrated ABC book will educate your budding artist on some of the world’s legendary painters, photographers, and more.
A safe space: Katelyn Rivas, a Detroit-based poet, community activist, and founder of The Free Black Women’s Library Detroit chapter, vulnerably examines womanhood, Blackness, and the coexistence of healing and suffering in this poetry zine.
A duel for all ages: In this cooperative fantasy board game, choose your character and work together to battle monsters, take on the role of the Dungeon Master, and ultimately defeat the boss monster that’s terrorizing the lands of Neverwinter.
Let’s get this bread: Enjoy the best bar snack while staying home with this pretzel making kit. It comes with enough ingredients to make a dozen pretzels.
Mask up: Stay safe and stylish with your new tie-dye mask. The DIY kit comes with four reusable and eco-friendly masks, dye, and written and video instructions.
Bingo, reimagined: Gather up your household to find a new appreciation for the species during a game of Dinosaur Bingo. Or bring together all the true fans of the late musical icon for a round (or two … or three …) of Bowie Bingo.
A plant with a plan: This simple do’s and don’ts guide to houseplants is a must-read for plant newbies, pros, and everyone in between.
A much-needed rethink: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson examines America’s unspoken caste system, its influence on people’s everyday lives and behaviors, and how the caste system’s hierarchy of human division defines Americans’ lives. This book is featured in Oprah’s Book Club list and is a bestseller at the Oak Park indie bookstore.
Lunch time: Cookbook author and award-winning food blogger Allison Day curated a cookbook of more than 100 original, plant-forward recipes that are easy for anyone to make and enjoy midday.
It could be worse: Think 2020 has been bad? A deluxe hardcover copy of the first book in the classic mystery/sci-fi graphic novel series Paper Girls is just the thing to put pandemic life into perspective.
Fall into pieces: Know someone with a frazzled brain and idle hands? Wrap up a few of these Cavalinni Vintage Puzzles from Nest. Choose from images of wildflowers, the skeletal system, constellations, butterflies, and more. Each 1,000-piece puzzle comes in a drawstring muslin pouch.
Fun for all ages: This pop culture trivia game spans four generations: the Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z. The whole family will be put to the test about TV shows, movies, music, newsworthy events, and more.
Deal with it: Whether they’re in need of a good laugh, a sense of direction, or a quick pick-me-up, the Power Deck by artist Van Waring has 56 inspirational cards that should do the trick.
Out of this world: For the Marvel fan in your life, gift them the first installment of the Silver Surfer series. Spinning out of Guardians of the Galaxy #1 in which the galaxy’s defenders were thrown through a black hole (including the Silver Surfer), the Silver Surfer must now save his own soul in order to fight back the oblivion.